It has finally happened. We were lucky to have Adele’s fourth album and damn it’s good. 30, as we told you in our review, is “unpredictable, experimental and pretty sexy.” A divorce album, of course, but also a beautiful representation of a newfound freedom and all that goes with it. As it turns out, part of this set includes a stunning new wardrobe featuring custom Schiaparellis and plenty of Louis Vuitton. And indeed, over the past 13 years, we’ve seen Adele’s style evolve from Myspace chic to ’50s glamor and the Marine Serre dress queen she is today.
To celebrate today’s release of the aforementioned album, we’re revisiting seven of Adele’s most iconic fashion moments.
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After the premiere of Sex And The City in London, 2008
What could be more 2008 than that? After watching Carrie get thrown and Charlotte’s water shattering in the middle of the street, Adele swung to the after-party looking very London. Pairing a houndstooth trench coat with opaque tights and a quilted Chanel bag, the set is’ 60s-oriented with the rising star’s kohl-edged eyes, long lashes and earrings, these latest quickly becoming a must. She had just released her first album, 19, and the whole country had “Chasing Pavements” living rent free in our heads.
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Brit Awards Show, 2016
Eight years, two albums (21 and 25) and endless rewards later, here we find Adele in her hometown of London for the Brit Awards 2016. There to make people cry with her emotional performance of “When We Were Young” and receive no less than four statuettes, Adele dazzled crowds in a Valentino midi-length sparkler. Depicting a starry sky surrounding the Empire State Building, the dress was a far cry from her usually understated black wardrobe.
Officiate a marriage, 2018
What to wear to celebrate a friend’s wedding? That’s a question Adele probably didn’t google when her top talk show host Alan Carr asked her to do just that, deciding right away that she would wear all papal clothes. Not only did she embrace the role in serious style, but she also insisted on paying for the entire event and hosting it in her backyard in Los Angeles. But who was in charge of the music? Adele did the soundtrack for the happy couple’s first dance, followed by a loud DJ set from, uh, Gok Wan.
The Gun Fingers Meme, 2020
You might not think so from watching her glamorous performances, but Adele loves the tracksuits. Last year, she stepped out of a cab in a black Nike two-piece and sneakers, with her hood up and Moncler puffer jacket. Taken from above, it was typed during a particularly intense telephone conversation. “I was fucking livid when I got off that plane, damn it!” she said The face. “I wasn’t yelling at anyone, I was telling the story of something that had happened to my best friend Laura.” And that’s what kids are made of memes.
Pairing with Beyoncé, 2020
When Queen Bey and her dancers wore Marine Serre bodysuits in her 2020 short Black is king, suddenly everyone wanted a piece from the young London designer and her crescent moon aesthetic. Beyoncé’s ultimate stan (how many you shared your 2017 Grammy Album of the Year with her?), Adele adopted the look herself, sharing a photo of herself posing with the video in question as a tribute to Bey. “Thank you Queen for always making us feel so loved through your art,” she captioned. Ditto for you, Adèle.
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At a basketball game in LA, 2021
Those who follow Adele’s love life will know it wasn’t her first court appearance. Now luckily in a relationship with sports agent Rich Paul, she has shown up to a number of basketball games with all eyes on her. When the Warriors took on the Lakers at STAPLES Center last month, she wore an all-brown leather look with a monogrammed Louis Vuitton coat thrown over her shoulders. A whole different mood than his football cut. Play sports !
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One night only with Adele, 2021
Wow, well Adele’s Only one night performance and b2b Oprah’s interview was pretty special, right? Not just the hybrid TV show itself, but the fad that was served there. Wearing a custom black Schiaparelli gown with a sparkling bustier, Adele wore gold Saturn pendant earrings – a nod to her embrace of her return from Saturn. She took over LA’s Griffith Observatory to perform a selection of the greatest hits, including songs by 30, to a crowd of Leonardo DiCaprio, Lizzo, Drake and other familiar faces. Our invitation must have been lost in the post.
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